Hang The Performance, Let's Get The Points
Updated Saturday, 31st March 2007
Some times playing pretty football is not enough to win games and Dunfermline need to grind out results.
Dunfermline are running out of games to gain the points they need to stay in the SPL Manager Stephen Kenny knows that winning results are what is required. There are six points between the Pars and second bottom St Mirren after the formers morale-boosting 3-1 win over Inverness in their last game. There is still a high degree of belief that the club can beat the drop. Kenny insists he has seen a steady improvement in performances in recent weeks but an inability to turn good performances into wins has so far spoiled their bid to haul themselves off the foot of the table. However, the Irishman confesses that the improved displays count for nothing if they do not convert to the valuable points he needs. He said: "It was a good result for us against Inverness. It was one we needed and hopefully we can take it into the game against Motherwell. Our performances have been good enough but we've drawn a few games we could have won before we beat Inverness. We needed to get that win and it gives us a chance. But we're at the stage of the season where results are more important than performances."
After struggling to add to their goals for tally for most of the season, Dunfermline finally found their goal scoring touch against Inverness, with Jim McIntyre scoring on his first start for the club after months out with a serious neck operation. It was a satisfying turnaround for Kenny, who enjoyed his first league win since taking over at the helm from Jim Leishman back in November last year. He has set a demanding target for his players in the hope that the rewards follow. He went on: "I thought Jim McIntyre came in and had a very good first start and got a goal and hopefully he can take that into the Motherwell game. We know it will be a tough game but, nevertheless, we must continue to do the things we've been doing recently. We need to improve and get that bit better again and try and get another win. Motherwell had a good month there where they won a few games and then they lost to Hearts. I was at that game and I thought they were unfortunate to lose and also against Aberdeen, which was a tight game as well, so we know it will be difficult."
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